Jun 25, 2014

China rejects death penalty, orders retrial for killer of abusive husband

China’s highest court overturned a death sentence and ordered a retrial for a woman who killed and dismembered her abusive husband, a ruling welcomed Tuesday by advocates of the country’s often-silent victims of domestic violence. The woman’s attorney, Guo Jianmei, said she received confirmation ...

Sudan court frees woman sentenced to death for changing faith

Jun 24, 2014

Sudan court frees woman sentenced to death for changing faith

A 27-year-old woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan last month for converting to Christianity from Islam was freed Monday after what the government said was “unprecedented” international pressure. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, who is married to a Christian American, was ordered by a ...

Concerns aside, executions persist in some states

Jun 19, 2014

Concerns aside, executions persist in some states

With Florida carrying out America’s third execution in less than 24 hours, some states with the death penalty— particularly in the South — appear unfazed by the recent furor over how the U.S. performs lethal injections. A botched execution seven weeks ago in Oklahoma ...

China executes 13 allegedly connected to Xinjiang 'terrorist attacks'

Jun 17, 2014

China executes 13 allegedly connected to Xinjiang 'terrorist attacks'

China on Monday executed 13 people for “terrorist attacks” in the violence-wracked northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media said, as death sentences were issued over a suicide car crash at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The announcement by the official Xinhua News Agency said the 13 ...

Jun 6, 2014

Bar association to lobby embassies on death penalty abolition

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations said Friday it will step up consultations with the European Union on abolishing capital punishment and will work to encourage public debate. The Japanese criminal justice system came under negative global scrutiny this year when a death-row inmate ...

After decades on death row, former inmate returns home

May 27, 2014

After decades on death row, former inmate returns home

Iwao Hakamada, 78, who was recently released from death row on a court decision to reopen his case 34 years after his sentence was finalized, returned to his hometown of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Tuesday. A bullet train carrying Hakamada from Tokyo arrived at ...

May 24, 2014

The five death penalty options in the U.S. today

Lethal injection First adopted in 1977 in Oklahoma, inmates are generally strapped to a gurney while needles are inserted into the veins and the drugs are pumped in. This method is often seen as the most humane of the five because the inmates are ...

States look to old ways of execution

May 24, 2014

States look to old ways of execution

The disarray surrounding lethal injection in the U.S. is beginning to steer states back toward methods of execution that many people long ago deemed less humane than the needle. Tennessee jumped out front this past week with a law that could essentially bring back ...

Oklahoma halts all executions for six months

May 9, 2014

Oklahoma halts all executions for six months

Oklahoma’s top appeals court agreed Thursday to halt all executions in the south-central U.S. state for six months after a botched lethal injection last week triggered accusations of torture. Clayton Lockett’s execution, in which the convicted murderer and rapist died 43 minutes after the ...